See Coalbrookdale's Boy & Swan Fountain Conserved

Coalbrookdale's iconic Boy & Swan fountain has been temporarily relocated to a workshop within Enginuity, where it will be conserved by specialists over the next two weeks.

The fountain, which was designed by the famous Victorian sculptor John Bell, was cast by the Coalbrookdale Company and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, in the Crystal Palace at Hyde Park in London.

The Boy & Swan design remained in production until the 1930s and several examples remain on display in public gardens all around the world. A version named the Cupid & Swan can be found in San Jose, Costa Rica, having been installed in 1868 to celebrate the installation of a clean water supply.

As part of the work on the Coalbrookdale fountain, the conservators will be repairing wear & tear on the fountain, and repainting it in a stunning, but historically accurate, bronze colour.

Visitors will be able to see this important conservation work for themselves at Enginuity,  between Monday and Friday, 10:00-16:00, until Sunday 23 October.

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